This is an attempt I made back
in 2016 to create a working free workbench disk clone. (current version is
0.1). Project started long ago, and
although somewhat functional has been languishing for quite some time.
AmigaOS seems will never be free, you
always need to pay to someone or have to resort to "copies".
To avoid legal and economic
issues many users and developers face, I have decided to compile an AmigaOS distribution which is built entirely upon free
You may argue that AROS is
already out there and free and so this has no sense, but have you tried
using it on an Amiga?
It hurts very bad to see
that despite all the great steps forward that AROS has made the past years,
it still can´t replace the aging basics of an AmigaOS
3.1 system on a modest Amiga. I sincerely hope one day, AROS can become a
true replacement (even an enhanced one) for real Amiga hardware, but no one
seems motivated enough to actually do it.
So here comes Freebench, which tries to fill that gap. It aims to be
a complete AmigaOS 3.1 replacement for real Amigas. The idea is to have aproximately
the same performance and features of AmigaOS 3.1
as possible, with hopefully some few enhancements when they come at no
extra space/performance cost :)
The minimum system
requirements are 68000 CPU, 512KB RAM and an original Commodore kickstart 3.0 or 3.1.
Who may find this "FreeBench" thing appealing?
Anyone that doesnt wish to get into legal troubles with Patent
Trolls and some users & developers that wish to distribute their software
complete, dongle free ;)
Current limitations in v0.1:
-Does not work in an A4000T
-No bullet font support
-Incomplete in most parts,
but boots and somehow works